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November 26, 2013 8:51:17 AM

Hi guys I'm looking at building a computer which main use is gaming. Im pretty much and amateur at this but I do know a fair bit about computers and just need help deciding on a graphics card so hope you guys can recommend me some. My budget for the pc is around £700 I'm looking at around spending £150-£200 on the graphics card. My budget doesn't include a monitor and other peripherals.
Here is my spec so far:
CPU: AMD FX8350
Motherboard: ASUS CROSSHAIR V FORMULA-Z
RAM: CORSAIR DDR3 2133 2x4GB
CPU Cooling: NOCTUA NH-U9B
CASE: CiT Vantage Type-R
OS: HAVENT YET DECIDED

I have picked out some graphics cards such as the ASUS Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost and the ASUS RADEON 7870 HD but I'm open to other cards that are recommended. Also SLI OR CROSSFIREX? Whats the difference will it effect my choice or not I think the motherboard said it would support both but i could be wrong. Thanks guys

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November 26, 2013 8:54:00 AM

SLI=Nvidia
Crossfire = AMD
Both cards are fine so really more a matter how much money you want to spend on the GPU.
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November 26, 2013 8:57:54 AM

That's an awful lot to spend on a motherboard at the expense of your graphics budget..
There is nothing wrong with a 7870 or GTX650Ti boost, but if you are looking to spend nearer £200 (or more) then you should probably be looking at the GTX760, HD7950 and R9 280X, which are a bit more balanced within the budget.
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November 26, 2013 10:13:40 AM

So your saying i should get a cheaper motherboard so that i can buy a better graphics card? What would you recommend nothin in my list is set in stone yet im still deciding on all of it but thats the sort of spec im going for.
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November 26, 2013 10:38:35 AM

For a gaming machine, unless you are totally resolution limited, or are planning something unusual in the future (like waiting for a new high end card to launch), your graphics card should be (by some margin) the most expensive component, it is what dictates the gaming performance of your system most.

A HD7870 or GTX650Ti boost will run any game out today at 1080P with most of the settings turned up, but if you want something that is going to last longer at a higher level, increasing the spending here is probably advisable.

If you are set on AMD and the 990FX chipset, you can pick up a more mainstream (but very well featured) board like the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 (or UD5), ASRock 990FX Extreme4 or if you prefer to stick with Asus the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0. All cost around £100-110 and offer plenty of bells and whistles . None of them are a bad buy, but you should check out their list of features to see what you need and what you don't.
The main difference between 990FX and 970 chipset motherboards is full SLI support. If that is something that doesn't interest you, then you can save even more by dropping to a quality 970 board for £70-80.

You haven't mentioned a PSU at all, but obviously increasing graphics card power will have a knock on effect in terms of how much you need to spend on a PSU. Potential money saved from the motherboard should go to here as well as the graphics card, and potentially, the case too (CiT are not a brand synonymous with quality, and that one looks a bit cheap, no USB3.0 either)
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November 26, 2013 11:49:48 AM

Cheers for the advice ive looked into it and i have chosen a 970 chipset on the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 saved me a considerable amount costing only £54 and also go for the ASUS R9280X for £260 the case is least of my worries at the moment i can change that no problem and also get whatever psu i need when it comes to it
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November 26, 2013 1:03:08 PM

What Rolli said really. If you don't want to overclock then a cheaper 970 board will serve you fine, but as you picked a pretty expensive cooler, I'd assume that you do.
The Asus board he linked is a safe bet, but there are others in the same area worth a look like the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 and ASRock 970 Extreme4.
Regardless of what you pick, it's a huge saving from the Crosshair.
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November 26, 2013 1:46:02 PM

Cheers i understand i do quite like the look of the asrock 970 extreme 4 too i suppose im going to rethink what I want really you guys have been a big help thanks a lot!
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